A man in his 50s is expected to appear in court on Thursday afternoon in Miramichi after a shooting incident that prompted local schools to take special security measures.

Miramichi Deputy Police Chief Brian Cummings said the police were called to a home in the Chatham area at about 10:15 a.m. for a report of a gunshot.

Cummings said no one was hurt, but when officers arrived the suspect had fled.

Police spent several hours trying to locate the man and that led to nearby schools taking some security precautions.

James M. Hill, St Andrew's Elementary, Dr. Losier Middle School, Ian Baillie Primary schools activated a "hold and secure" policy.

"Hold and secure does indeed mean the doors are locked but it is business as usual in a school," said a statement from Beth Stymiest, the superintendent of the Anglophone North School District.

"Students were dismissed from school at the end of the day as usual and we asked that each school provide extra supervision at that time.  We were assured by police that at no time were any schools in danger."

Cummings said the RCMP arrested the man without incident at about 4 p.m. south of the city.

The man is still in custody awaiting charges.

Cummings said the shooting incident did not happen at the suspect's home, but both people allegedly involved were known to each other.